Art and Subcultures

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Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 5:30pm
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Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 5:30pm to 7:15pm

Lecture by Tamás St. Auby

Tamás St. Auby (Szentjóby, Stjauby, Emmy Grant, T. Taub, stb.) is a prominent representative of Hungarian Neoavantgarde art. In 1966 he arranged the firs happening in Hungary with Gábor Altorjay. In the subsequent years he was one central figures of the avant-garde scene in Budapest, arranging further happenings, participating in collective exhibits (IPARTERV, Balatonboglár). In 1974, because of the dissemination of Samizdat works of György Konrád and Iván Szelényi he was expulsed from Hungary. He lived in Geneva until 1991, continuing his non-art-art activity, then he returned to Hungary, taught at the University of Fine Arts, organized a gallery, and continued with his projects. We will have a conversation with him about the 1960s and 1970s, and he will project documentary recordings on his happenings.


  • Éva Forgács, “Does Democracy Grow under Pressure? Strategies of the Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde Throughout the late 1960s and the 1970s,” Centropa 8 (2008), 36-48.
  • Günter Berghaus, “Happenings in Europe in the '60s: Trends, Events, and Leading Figures,” TDR - The Drama Review. 37 (1993), 157-168.

Recommended readings

  • Piotr Piotrowski, In the Shadow of Yalta. Art and the Avant-garde in Eastern Europe, 1945-1989, London: Reaktion Books, 2009. (excerpts)
  • Klaniczay Júlia - Sasvári Edit (ed.), Törvénytelen avantgárd. Galántai György balatonboglári kápolnaműterme 1970-1973, Budapest, Artpool-Balassi, 2003.
  • Havasréti József, Széteső dichotómiák. Színterek és diskurzusok a Magyar neoavantgárdban, Budapest, Gondolat - Artpool, 2009.

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